CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Bishop McCort Catholic High School and the Johnstown community came together today to welcome home the teenage world champion wrestler.
On July 27 at 11:30 a.m., a parade of supporters and family began at The Compound in Richland Township, Bassett’s training facility, according to a press release from Bishop McCort. It then headed toward the high school where the community welcomed home their World Champion at noon.
“It was just a dream come true ever since I was six years old,” Bassett said. “I always wanted to compete in the world, win world championships and ultimately Olympic championships.”
Bassett earned a spot on both the Freestyle and Greco-Roman teams representing the U.S. There have only been five wrestlers in the past 20 years that made both teams.
Additionally, it’s reported Bassett is the youngest World Champion in the history of the Championships, which is meant for 16- to 17-year-old wrestlers. He was also named the most outstanding wrestler of the entire Freestyle event, the press release said.
With 2022 around the corner, Bassett said he hopes to be a world champion once again.
Other Crusher wrestlers who have achieved national recognition were also celebrated.
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